Sting musical ‘The Last Ship’ to get reading in NYC

Sting in concert

Sting in concert

The buzzed about Broadway musical, The Last Ship, will get a staged reading this spring. The reading will be from April 29 to May 11, directed by Joe Mantello.

Previous readings have included Broadway actors such as Michael Esper, Stephanie J. Block, Colin Donnell, Laura Michelle Kelly and others. No casting has yet been announced for this reading.

With music by Sting and a book by Tony Award winning playwrights John Logan and Brian Yorkey, this musical is not to be missed. Based partly on Sting’s 1990 solo album, The Soul Cages, the show follows a group of unemployed ship workers who are inspired by a priest to sail around the world. Sting has stated in comments to the press that the show is based on his own childhood memories growing up in Newcastle and that the show will contain biographical elements from his early life.

The unlikely collaboration between the artist Sting and the writers Yorkey (Next to Normal) and Logan (Red) raises hopes for a truly unique type of musical. Together, Sting (16 Grammy Awards) and Yorkey (Tony Award for Best Score) bring serious musical force to an already anticipated show. To say this musical has a lot going for it even before casting has been announced is quite an understatement.

Though people might never have associated Sting with the theatre, it will be exciting to see how this show is received. With such a talented creative team, the sky’s the limit for this show.

With the success of American Idiot by Green Day, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark with music by Bono and The Edge, and even Kinky Boots composed by Cyndi Lauper, the theatre community is welcoming mainstream recording artists with open arms. Just like Broadway absorbed the jazz of Gershwin, the ballads of Rogers and Hammerstein, and the rock music of Hair, the process continues with pop and rock icons of today. Who knows who will be making a Broadway debut next? Share your guesses with us in the comments.

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